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Author Gatrell, V. A. C., 1941-

Title City of laughter : sex and satire in eighteenth-century London / Vic Gatrell.

Imprint New York : Walker & Co., 2007, c2006.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  306.709421 G226c 2007    ---  Available
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Description xxiii, 696 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 668-669) and indexes.
Summary A sumptuously illustrated and authoritative history of the sexually liberated, salacious, and high satirical world of pre-Victorian London. Between 1779 and 1830. Includes information on cruelty to animals as sport, importance of appearances, beggars, William Blake, breasts, Lord George Byron, cant, caricatures, clothing of women, gentlemen's clubs, crime, Charles Dickens, drinking, drinking clubs, elections, erotica, flagellation, France and French, gambling, humour (humor), Samuel Johnson, journal, periodicals and newspapers, laughter, lower class people, men, middling sorts, military life, music, nudity, Thomas Paine, phallic obsession, William Pitt, poets and poetry, poor, printshops, prostitutes, pugilism, Christian religion, romanticism, scatological humour and behaviour, sexual activity, Percy B. Shelley, symbols, upper class people, women, women and erotica, etc.
Contents The sense of place -- London and the pleasure principle -- 'The west or worst end' -- Covent garden and the middling sorts -- Crossing the boundaries -- How they laughed -- Laughing politely -- Bums, farts and other transgressions -- Image magic -- Seeing the jokes -- Gillray's dreamscapes -- The sexes -- The tree of life -- Philosophy and raking -- What could women bear? -- The libertine's last fling -- The enemies of laughter -- Taming the muse: the long view -- The age of cant -- radical satire and the censors -- The silencing -- Happiness, cant and the beggars -- Epilogue: Francis Place and 'improvement.'
Subject Sex customs -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century.
Satire, English -- History -- 18th century.
London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 18th century.
London (England) -- Civilization -- 18th century.
London (England) -- History -- 18th century.
London (England) -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
ISBN 0802716024
Standard No. YDXCP 2468914
AU@ 000041687023

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